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* HollywoodSatanism: Although note that this movie came out before the foundation of the actual Church of Satan.


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* NothingIsScarier: The original intent was to never actually show the demon, leaving [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane its existence ambiguous]]. ExecutiveMeddling inserted a few effects shots against the director's will. They're very good effects shots and the demon's design has become iconic, so it's hard to say whether Tourneur's more minimalist original vision would have resulted in a stronger film or not.


[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons1988 Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]] ''Night of the Demon'' featuring Bigfoot. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.

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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons1988 Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]] ''Night of the Demon'' ''Film/NightOfTheDemon1980'' featuring Bigfoot. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.


[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons1988 Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]], or with the 1980 ''Night of the Demon'' featuring Bigfoot. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.

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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons1988 Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]], or with the 1980 Nasty]] ''Night of the Demon'' featuring Bigfoot. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.


And passing them took lots of skill''"

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* AllHallowsEve: Karswell hosts a Halloween party for the local children.


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* HalloweenEpisode: Karswell hosts a Halloween party for the local children.


* AdaptationalNiceGuy: [[EvilSorceror Karswell]] is this in comparison to the original story. In it, he was a [[{{Jerkass}} vicious bully]] who delighted in [[DisproportionateRetribution setting his pet demon on people for even minor insults]]; and the childrens' party ended with him [[ForTheEvulz traumatizing the children for laughs]].



* GuileHero: [[spoiler:Holden becomes this at the climax, initially attempting a TakingYouWithMe with Karswell then pass the parchment onto him when handing him his coat when the satanist tries to leave.]]



* LighterAndSofter: [[EvilSorceror Karswell]] is this in comparison to the original story. In it, he was a [[{{Jerkass}} vicious bully]] who delighted in [[DisproportionateRetribution setting his pet demon on people for even minor insults]]; and the childrens' party ended with him [[ForTheEvulz traumatizing the children for laughs]].


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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Karswell]] panics when he realized [[spoiler:Holden's intentions to attempt a TakingYouWithMe when the demon shows up]].


Classic 1957 horror film, sometimes titled "Curse of the Demon." It was directed by Creator/JacquesTourneur and produced by Hal E. Chester, based on the short story "Casting the Runes" by Creator/MRJames.

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Classic 1957 horror film, sometimes titled "Curse ''Curse of the Demon." Demon''. It was directed by Creator/JacquesTourneur and produced by Hal E. Chester, based on the short story "Casting the Runes" by Creator/MRJames.


[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons1988 Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.

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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons1988 Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]].Nasty]], or with the 1980 ''Night of the Demon'' featuring Bigfoot. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.


Classic 1957 horror film, sometimes titled "Curse of the Demon." It was directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Hal E. Chester, based on the short story "Casting the Runes" by Creator/MRJames.

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Classic 1957 horror film, sometimes titled "Curse of the Demon." It was directed by Jacques Tourneur Creator/JacquesTourneur and produced by Hal E. Chester, based on the short story "Casting the Runes" by Creator/MRJames.


* FlatEarthAtheist: Holden gets almost ridiculous when he starts rationalizing away the most utterly unnatural events imaginable as 'some sort of a trick'. [[SubvertedTrope It is subverted]] at the climax, however, when he tells Karswell that he does indeed believe in his powers now... [[spoiler:so much so that he'll keep Karswell with him so the demon can kill BOTH of them]].

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* FlatEarthAtheist: Holden gets almost ridiculous when he starts rationalizing away the most utterly unnatural events imaginable as 'some sort of a trick'. [[SubvertedTrope It is subverted]] at the climax, however, when he tells Karswell that he does indeed believe in his powers now... [[spoiler:so much so that [[TakingYouWithMe he'll keep Karswell with him so the demon can kill BOTH of them]].them]]]].

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* LighterAndSofter: [[EvilSorceror Karswell]] is this in comparison to the original story. In it, he was a [[{{Jerkass}} vicious bully]] who delighted in [[DisproportionateRetribution setting his pet demon on people for even minor insults]]; and the childrens' party ended with him [[ForTheEvulz traumatizing the children for laughs]].


It starred Dana Andrews as skeptical professor John Holden, Peggy Cummins as the less-skeptical Joanna Harrington, and Niall [=MacGinnis=] as evil but charming cult leader Julian Karswell.

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It starred Dana Andrews Creator/DanaAndrews as skeptical professor John Holden, Peggy Cummins as the less-skeptical Joanna Harrington, and Niall [=MacGinnis=] as evil but charming cult leader Julian Karswell.


* IdiotBall: Whoever thought it was a good idea to bring an insane, suspected murderer in front of an audience, and inject him with drugs to revive him from a catatonic state, without using any restraints?



* RightHandCat Karswell's pet cat Graymalkin [[spoiler: that can turn itself into a leopard.]]

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* RightHandCat RightHandCat: Karswell's pet cat Graymalkin [[spoiler: that can turn itself into a leopard.]]


-->"''Dana Andrews said prunes\\

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-->"''Dana ->"''Dana Andrews said prunes\\



-->--'''''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''''', "''Science Fiction Double Feature''"

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-->--'''''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''''', -->-- '''''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''''', "''Science Fiction Double Feature''"



[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.

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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1988 horror flick, ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons1988 Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.


[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1987 horror flick, ''Film/NightOfTheDemons'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.

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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused with]] the 1987 1988 horror flick, ''Film/NightOfTheDemons'', ''[[Film/NightOfTheDemons Night of the Demons]]'', or with the 1980 [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]. See also ''Film/DragMeToHell'' which is basically a remake of this with a few character changes and directed by Creator/SamRaimi.

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